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by bradkaplan
November 24th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Garrafeira Nacional's Black Friday - 50% off in mature wines
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: Garrafeira Nacional's Black Friday - 50% off in mature wines

Wow, what an incredible opportunity to dig into old vintages.
by bradkaplan
November 22nd, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MI Lawmakers Sip Dom at Trump Hotel
Replies: 1
Views: 464

MI Lawmakers Sip Dom at Trump Hotel

You know you're a wine geek when you read "Michiganders Erupt After Their Maskless Lawmakers Sip Dom Perignon At Trump Hotel" and your main reaction is, huh, $495 for a bottle of 2000 P2 is a pretty good deal!
by bradkaplan
November 22nd, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 15
Views: 966

Re: TN: 2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Love LdH - a minor note to Jan: LdH should probably be referred to as "they" (or possibly "her"!) rather than "him" - the siblings Maria Jose, Mercedes, and Julio Cesar run the show together, with Mercedes being the primary winemaker for a while now, and Maria Jose being the "face" of the winery (I'...
by bradkaplan
November 20th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pierre Cotton Côte de Brouilly 100% Cotton
Replies: 0
Views: 132

TN: 2016 Pierre Cotton Côte de Brouilly 100% Cotton

First time trying Pierre Cotton, who I've heard many good things about (and a few comments as sometimes overly natty). This one makes me glad to have more of his wines to explore - not overly (or even overtly) natty at all. From an importer, on the Cote de Brouilly 100% Cotton: "65 years old-vines. ...
by bradkaplan
November 14th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clothing Optional release
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Clothing Optional release

Had to go for 2 3-packs because I really like large North American land birds.
by bradkaplan
November 8th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10873

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

Funny, just looked at my cellartracker and ALL the most recent "community notes on my wines" are bottles of Dom. Never seen that before. Lots of champagne was enjoyed last night.
by bradkaplan
October 31st, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Re: TN: 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard

I’ve been enjoying both the 17 and 18 this week, 17 actually feels like it has more room to grow, definitely a sturdier body with some tannins that (at least on pop and pour) beg for more time or air. I’ll check back in later to see if it catches up to 18s youthful exuberance.
by bradkaplan
October 28th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: '14 Bizot Vosne (SOLD)
Replies: 0
Views: 238

FS: '14 Bizot Vosne (SOLD)

(SOLD) OK, I've never sold any of my wine, but it seems that folks are going gaga over the wines from Domaine Bizot (I agree, they are outstanding) and this might be a good opportunity for me to cover some of my recent riesling purchases and make a Bizot-hunter happy in the process! I'm lucky to hav...
by bradkaplan
October 28th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on source | material Prum offering
Replies: 15
Views: 1083

Re: Thoughts on source | material Prum offering

In for one : )
by bradkaplan
October 25th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese and more
Replies: 25
Views: 936

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese and more

Thanks, D! Re the 91 Lauer... super geeky, very unique, fascinating aromas clearly rooted in riesling but comes across as shockingly fresh for something with that age. Per Rob's note above, there was green apple and a very pleasant dill note (as much as dill can be harmonious in riesling), lots of o...
by bradkaplan
October 21st, 2020, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1860
Views: 192591

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Just ordered some of the 2010 Vina Ardanza Seleccion Especial from wine.com - my first order from them. Figured I'd take advantage of the Amex offer. Net $25/btl delivered. (Sorry Envoyer, whose email offer made me want to track down this wine)
by bradkaplan
October 20th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1860
Views: 192591

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

For anyone with AMEX, check your deals for Wine.com ($30 off $100) and Total Wine ($30 off $150), which can be stacked with all other deals since it's through Amex.

Also $20 off $20+ at Wineinsiders.com, $50 off $250 at Vinfolio, and, um, $30 off $50 at marthastewartwine.com!??
by bradkaplan
October 6th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time out of the fridge
Replies: 1
Views: 390

Time out of the fridge

Had a whack on the head reminder that cold is the enemy this past weekend : ) Took a bottle of champagne (06 B-S Cuvee Louis) to a friend's house, thinking 45 minutes or so out of the fridge (had moved the bottle from cellar to fridge that morning) would be about right. First glass didn't SEEM too c...
by bradkaplan
September 25th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3981
Views: 222544

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Re Pappy 23 - I've had it probably four times (at bars, by the pour), and it has ranged from meh/over-oaky to sublime. The sublime one was about 10 years ago now, and certainly different stock than more recent releases. YMMV. The rye remains my favorite Van Winkle by far, but similar story in that i...
by bradkaplan
September 14th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 95
Views: 4571

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Resistance is futile.
by bradkaplan
September 7th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 6810

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Surely I'm not the only one with Dirty & Rowdy in #1? (Both in cellar and bought)

They've been my #1 producer every year since 2014.

Lopez de Heredia clocks in at #2 in my cellar.
by bradkaplan
September 7th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remind me... "Grande Cuvee Wine" retailer
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Remind me... "Grande Cuvee Wine" retailer

So I'm drinking a 2016 Domaine Labet Jura Pinot Noir Les Varrons, and I look up my purchase on CellarTracker. Bought it roughly two years ago from "Grande Cuvee Wine" but have ZERO recollection of who that is. I mostly buy from Envoyer, Rare Wine Co, and local Atlanta retailers, and not sure at all ...
by bradkaplan
July 22nd, 2020, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teach me something useful about Rioja.
Replies: 42
Views: 3714

Re: Teach me something useful about Rioja.

Have had the pleasure of drinking a few Remelluri blancos,'06 and '09 - crazy (good) wines, completely atypical of the region though, being a blend of up to nine varieties. Have not been as impressed with their reds, though I've probably had them on the "too young" side.
by bradkaplan
July 6th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?
Replies: 21
Views: 3196

Re: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?

Any other notes on this? Here's my mini-note from tonight. Warning - I am indeed a D&R freak and there might be just a tinge of effusive enthusiasm here: Gorgeous nose, up there with the best D&R's in my memory - elegant floral tarragon juicy red framboise. Man, just so balanced and deep and interes...
by bradkaplan
June 20th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foradori's Lezer
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Foradori's Lezer

Damn what a perfect natty summer red this is, from the foothills of the Dolomites. Vibrant, complex but easy, piercing fruit, some intriguing spice on the nose, super food friendly. Cran-cherry with an herbal reverb, plentiful acid. The 2018 was fabulous and the 2019 is not far behind. From their we...
by bradkaplan
June 19th, 2020, 4:11 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portugal - Colares, Alentejo and Algarve recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 1596

Re: Portugal - Colares, Alentejo and Algarve recommendations?

Adega Viuva Gomes is the must visit for Colares.
by bradkaplan
May 27th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1500
Views: 93081

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Couldn't resist the Cacheux Vosne Suchots for $50, despite the warning on heavy-handedness. And I have no idea who Andreas Larrson is, but his little video tasting notes on youtube were reassuring. Quote: "bloody good!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lDDY2tkIu4 Finally got around to opening the '...
by bradkaplan
May 20th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline
Replies: 10
Views: 568

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline

OK, night two, somewhat more proper notes... deep purple-ruby color, nose of cassis at first, then distinct blueberry, lavender, a touch of graphite, star anise. Before even sipping you can feel there is some power here - not overt "heat" but just the depth of the aromas. Hits the tongue and POW - i...
by bradkaplan
May 20th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline
Replies: 10
Views: 568

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline

Broke one of these out last night to go with some backyard brisket (not really intentionally, grabbed a bottle quickly without registering the price/reputation!)... quick thoughts... tremendously smooth+ripe and well integrated, but way more of a jam bomb than is my preference. Will revisit tonight ...
by bradkaplan
May 6th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: D&R/Cruse Furmint AlderSpringsVnyd '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: TN: D&R/Cruse Furmint AlderSpringsVnyd '15...(short/boring)

How did I miss this one!? I buy almost every single D&R wine and I happen to really dig the few furmints I've had - Kiralyudvar tokaji sec in particular. Anything left in the library Hardy?
by bradkaplan
April 4th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: TN: NV (but 2015) Vouette et Sorbee Fidele

Popped a Fidele (also 2015) today and getting a pretty prominent sherried note on the finish and in the background on the nose that I don't recall from previous bottles. Still super acidity, lively, great yeast on the nose, but coming across as having a more substantial solera style (and "richer" th...
by bradkaplan
April 1st, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3390

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Personal consumption maybe slightly up, but cellar drawdown much increased as I have used this as an excuse to gift wine to friends and neighbors. I have a delivery service. I drop the shipper on their porch; they return it empty for refill when ready. That's taken 20 bottles out of the cellar in t...
by bradkaplan
March 31st, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3390

COVID19 wine consumption

I thought my wine consumption (on Cellartracker) would be up significantly in March, but it's only up a little bit... and I realized... it's because I'm not sharing with friends. : ( I AM consuming a good bit more personally, but since I'm only sharing with my wife (who doesn't drink much), my cella...
by bradkaplan
March 29th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy interactive wine tasting ENZ vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 465

Re: Dirty & Rowdy interactive wine tasting ENZ vineyard

What a fascinating opportunity to compare these two wines from the same vineyard picked four weeks apart - has anyone ever had similar from any other (red) vineyard? I can't recall seeing anything similar.

I'm on night two of both of them now and loving them even more.
by bradkaplan
March 28th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13436

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Picked up a couple good things at Empire State South in ATL - '15 Dauvissat Chablis La Forest for $82, & '09 Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese $46! He as pimping some '00 half bottles of Cristom reserve pinot noir for $22, too, among other interesting things. I think they blew threw quite a bit pre...
by bradkaplan
March 25th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch

That was the last of my 12s. And no 13s left (the traditional sparkling was my favorite from that vintage).

I've got a few 14s left - including a mag of Evangelho. I bet we could raid the Rowdy cellar, too : )
by bradkaplan
March 24th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 215

TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch

2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch - USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County (3/24/2020) A few days after having the 2018 Shake Ridge, I went back to 2012. Definitely see the lineage, though the 12 is a heftier wine. Pop n pour, deeper ruby than the 12 in color, a bit of bric...
by bradkaplan
March 12th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 91
Views: 5810

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

Why is the price variation so high on this? Is it purely retailers taking advantage of scarcity? Can anyone name another wine in this price range that sees multiples of 3-4x at retail???

(A local store just got a bit in and is holding a bottle for me - $32.)
by bradkaplan
February 22nd, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: TN: 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale

I'm a fan. And I actually prefer the Tradizionale to the Fiori - the former (if I recall correctly) bringing a bit more earth and funk from the skin maceration. Found a bottle of their Canaiuolo while in Tuscany and it hit the spot on a hot summer day.
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3304

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

My birth year, too - 9 years ago had a Corton which was in good shape, a BA, and Coteaux du Layon - all of which were in good shape. Have a Madeira, more Coteaux du Layon, and a Fontanafredda Barolo on deck to enjoy next year (the first bought from Rare Wine Co, the latter two from Envoyer, both man...
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 2549

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

My friend from Dubrovnik recommended staying in Lapad area - near the old town, easily accessible by bus (frequent and cheap), mostly on the water. Fresh Sheets was recommended if you want to be in the old town.
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 2549

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Also planning a trip right now and happy to trade notes. In Dubrovnik, Pantarul comes recommended for dinner. Just outside Zagreb, a small town called Samobor has a winery/vermouth-ish/mostarda producer called Filipec that is supposed to be really interesting - and they happen to be next door to a p...
by bradkaplan
February 14th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3981
Views: 222544

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I'm not sure I understand the demand for Uncle Nearest - isn't it Dickel juice? (nothing against Dickel, but you can get the Dickel barrel select for half the price, right?)
by bradkaplan
February 11th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1500
Views: 93081

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I bought some of their '14 Gevrey a while back, opened a bottle, and bought more as soon as it popped up again. Agreed, fantastic value (the '14 was $40, and $20 for halves) - probably should have gotten some of the Bourgogne, too.
by bradkaplan
February 9th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1663

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

I learned about the Related-Use Rule AFTER I donated a highly sought after bottle of bourbon to a non-profit a couple years ago - thought I would get a nice tax deduction, but, um, no.
by bradkaplan
February 5th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dirty and Rowdy Confession
Replies: 49
Views: 4431

Re: A Dirty and Rowdy Confession

Super curious on the outer limits... what a BIG D&R mourvèdre might be?? Excited for all the rest.
by bradkaplan
January 25th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1500
Views: 93081

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I'm just saving up for Dirty & Rowdy : ) been tempted buy those Heresztyn-Mazzinis because I REALLY liked the '14
by bradkaplan
November 24th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3981
Views: 222544

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Otto Dobre wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Costco has a 2 bottle package of Old Forester for $64.99. Includes the 1920 Prohibition and the 100 proof bottle.
Wut? I need to check that out. That's basically the price of 1920 by itself.
by bradkaplan
November 21st, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1428

Re: Best Chilean wines?

Borago is awesome and had some excellent wines on my visit there (I do recommend the pairing option), including a stellar oxidative riesling hand bottled for the restaurant from Sierras de BellaVista. I dig natty unusual wines and loved Bodegas Re's Pinot Noir velado - another oxidative style wine, ...
by bradkaplan
November 6th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?
Replies: 21
Views: 3196

Re: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?

Well, it just got a 99 on Cellartracker! (still awaiting my bottles, but I am 100 on the Legends no matter what)

Seriously, eagerly awaiting my fall shipment, and glad the recent fires weren't worse.
by bradkaplan
November 2nd, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Entire list by the glass with a catch...
Replies: 18
Views: 1609

Entire list by the glass with a catch...

The new Hazel Jane's wine (and coffee) bar in Atlanta just opened, with a brief by the glass menu (roughly 10), but the offer that anything on the much larger bottle menu can be ordered "by the glass" if you commit to two glasses. The cool aspect of that is the remainder of the bottle then becomes a...
by bradkaplan
October 2nd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)
Replies: 8
Views: 912

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)

Btw, a note on the Noble Wine Petit Manseng - the vineyard is technically in North Carolina, within a mile or so of the GA-NC border, in an AVA (Upper Hiawassee Highlands) which spans the two... and the winemaker is based in Georgia and produced the wine in Georgia. For Atlanta peeps, I first tried ...

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